Subject: WWW Form Submission
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 21:35:15 -0700 (PDT)
Location: Joshua Tree National Monument
I was stationed at 29 Palms in the 1970's and one night a friend and I went driving into the desert towards Joshua Tree National Monument. We were just enjoying the cool night air and were having an animated conversation when suddenly a loud, repeated knock hit the driver's side door. I thought perhaps I'd hit a small animal and it's carcass was flung onto my door so I pulled over and got out of the car to check the door. There was nothing there; no animal dead in the road; nothing. We continued driving and a few miles down the road the same noise hit the car door, but this time it was on the passenger side. My friend began to get nervous, but I still thought it was car-related, perhaps I'd had a blowout and had been driving on a flat tire which lost tread. I stopped again and checked all the tires and the doors. Nothing. I started driving again and suddenly the car just went dead in the road. The lights went off and the car slowed until I stopped it out of fear, in the middle of the road. My friend and I just sat there, frightened then, when the car started, the lights came on (it was a 1973 LTD) and there crouched on the side of the road (on the passenger side) was some kind of creature. It looked like a Hollywood movie creature, like a mixture of dog and oversized head like a "Howling" werewolf. We both screamed and I hit the gas. The thing stood up on it's hind legs and ran across the road. Almost 20 years later, a biology professor mentioned Cryptozoology, and I told him this story. He was a collector of folk tales and told me of the "Naghual" of the southwestern desert. I don't know what I saw, but my professor said such a creature has been reported many times. I was very young, and the experience frightened me so badly that I never went night driving in the desert again.
Please do not post my real name or email. I do not want to be bothered about this incident, but I am glad there is a forum to report such strange things without ridicule.